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Bay Area LGBTQ Youth and Family Organizations
- API Wellness Center AQU25A
AQU25A (Asian and Pacific-Islander Queer and questioning 25 and Under Altogether) is a youth group for and run by queer and questioning A&PI and Hapa youth. AQU25A aims to provide a safe space through events that include workshops, movie nights and game nights as well as individual counseling and case management.
COLAGE offers community building and youth empowerment programs for youth in the Bay Area who have one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parent/s. COLAGE also offers several Visibility Tools including posters, films, curriculums, trainings and presentations for teachers and schools who wish to raise awareness about LGBT families.
CUAV (Community United Against Violence)
24 hour Crisis Line: 415.333.HELP
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is a multicultural organization working to end violence against and within our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities. CUAV offers a 24-hour confidential, multilingual crisis line, free counseling, legal advocacy, and emergency assistance (hotel, food, and transportation) to survivors of hate and domestic violence. CUAV uses education as a violence prevention tool through our speakers bureau, youth program, and education and outreach program.
Dimensions Health Clinic
Dimensions is an open and friendly place to get support in being healthy. We offer low-cost health services for queer, transgender and questioning youth ages 12 to 25. With a staff made up of medical & mental health professionals, we can answer just about any question you might have, including things you may be too embarrassed to ask anyone else. The mission of the Dimensions Collaborative is to combine efforts across agencies to develop health care programs and services that increase health care access and education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex & Questioning Youth.
Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.
Founded in 1977, Frameline's mission is to strengthen the diverse LGBT community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. Best known locally for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival held each June, Frameline also holds events throughout the year, distributes films internationally, and supports emerging and established filmmakers. Frameline's newest program, Youth In Motion, offers free LGBT themed movies to middle and high schools throughout California! Our goal is to give student activists and teachers new tools to educate their peers about LGBT history and culture (and have fun doing it!).
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. Programs include Youth Council
leadership group, youth leadership trainings, YES (Youth Empowerment Summit) Conference), GSA activist
summer camp, arts activism tools, political education, and community organizing support for GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances). Connects students to a youth-led network of over 600 GSAs throughout California. Technical support and activism resources also available through GSA Network website.
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. We provide consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression.
Groundspark Respect for All Project
The Respect For All Project is a film-based educational campaign that seeks to create welcoming and hate-free schools and communities. Our documentary films, curriculum guides, and professional development workshops give both youth and adults the tools needed to address prejudice in all its forms.
- LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center)
LYRIC is a Community Center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth 24 and younger. LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career training, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders and abilities.
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Our Family Coalition
Our Family Coalition promotes the civil rights and well being of Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families with children and prospective parents through education, advocacy, social networking, and grassroots community organizing. Our Family Coalition’s School Advocacy Project includes comprehensive staff development training for elementary schools and an annual fall forum for educators and parents about how to best serves LGBT parents and their children in our schools.
- San Francisco LGBT Center
Youth Program Coordinator 865.5530 (17 & under) Youth Program Coordinator 865.5560 (18-24)
The Center provides free programs for youth 24 and under. The Center hosts a Youth Meal Night every Tuesday @ 6pm, provides Art Programs, Monthly Social Events and the Queer Youth Prom for high school aged youth.
- San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau
The San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau is a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer activists who speak to elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as to adults in community colleges and work settings such as hospitals and police departments. They believe that by personalizing the realities of LGBTQ people, we can help break down stereotypes which might otherwise lead to ongoing marginalization and violence against members of our communities.
GLBT National Youth Talkline 1.800.246.PRIDE